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Monday, February 28 2022
Players trapped, major events cancelled as Russian invasion hits sport

Russia's military action in Ukraine has already led to a spree of sporting implications with players trapped in the country, major events cancelled and sponsorships withdrawn.


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Monday, February 28 2022
Russia hit with severe backlash from sporting world over Ukraine invasion

The invasion of Ukraine has drawn punitive measures across the sporting world overnight with Russia officially stripped of the Champions League final, UEFA replacing St. Petersburg with Paris as host, and Formula One dropping this season's Russian Grand Prix in Sochi.


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Friday, February 25 2022
American women players settle suit vs US Soccer for $24M

U.S. women football players reached a landmark agreement with the sport's American governing body to end a six-year legal battle over equal pay, a deal in which they are promised $24 million (NZ$35m) plus bonuses that match those of the men.

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Friday, February 25 2022
Football Ferns play out frustrating draw against Czech Republic in final game of SheBelieves Cup

Defender Meikayla Moore narrowly escaped another disaster as New Zealand finished their latest campaign with another disappointing performance in America.

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Wednesday, February 23 2022
English Premier League title race back on following Harry Kane brilliance

The Premier League title race really is back on. And it's all because of Harry Kane.

The striker Manchester City wanted to sign in the offseason last year consigned the leaders to their first league loss in nearly four months by scoring twice for Tottenham in a dramatic 3-2 win this morning (NZT).

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Wednesday, February 23 2022
Football Fern Meikayla Moore scores three own goals in USA defeat

Football Ferns defender Meikayla Moore suffered a personal disaster with a world record three own goals as the Kiwis crashed against the United States in California.

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Friday, February 18 2022
Wake-up call for Football Ferns in uninspiring loss to Iceland in She Believes Cup tournament

One step forward, two steps back for the Football Ferns.

After the jubilation of their superb breakthrough victory over Korea last November, the first match of the She Believes Cup tournament was a jolt back to earth.

Iceland prevailed 1-0 – thanks to a goal inside the first minute – but that scoreline didn't reflect their dominance.

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Friday, February 18 2022
 Chris Wood opens up on his new life as a $50m Premier League striker

Chris Wood understands if people were underwhelmed, or even dismayed, when Newcastle United signed him last month because he could not believe it was going to happen either.

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Wednesday, February 16 2022
Serious Fraud Office chases offshore Oceania Football official

Two officials in international football regional governing body the Oceania Football Confederation are facing criminal charges brought by the Serious Fraud Office, with one believed to be overseas now facing an arrest warrant

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Wednesday, February 16 2022
Wellington Phoenix continue unbeaten run with rout over Brisbane Roar

Their remarkable recent run continued on Wednesday night, with a comprehensive 3-0 win over Brisbane Roar at Leichhardt Oval.

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Tuesday, February 15 2022
Wasteful Wellington Phoenix denied at the death against Adelaide in A-League

Football can be a cruel game and that was epitomised on Saturday night, as the Wellington Phoenix were denied a fourth successive A-League victory with a late Adelaide equaliser.

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Tuesday, February 15 2022
Serious Fraud Office chases offshore Oceania Football official

Two officials in international football regional governing body the Oceania Football Confederation are facing criminal charges brought by the Serious Fraud Office, with one believed to be overseas now facing an arrest warrant.

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Friday, February 11 2022
Melville captain to teammates - 'Don't call me Sir'

Don't be surprised to hear Melville captain Aaron Scott being called 'Sir' on the pitch during Sunday's ISPS Handa Chatham Cup final.

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Friday, February 11 2022
Wellington Phoenix on the rise in A-League, beating Melbourne Victory for third straight win

Mark this down as a turning point in the Wellington Phoenix men's campaign.

Ufuk Talay's team managed their best all-round performance of the season on Wednesday night, to edge Melbourne Victory 1-0.

Despite having no fans in the stadium – and only two rest days since Sunday's match with Macarthur FC – Wellington were able to avenge the recent FFA Cup semifinal defeat.

A 74th minute Reno Piscopo goal was the difference, with Wellington expertly controlling the rest of the match once they had the lead.

It the third league win on the bounce for the Phoenix and its significance is crucial.

It was also just the second loss across 14 games in all competitions this season for the Victory and their only other defeat (against Perth) came in a match where they were reduced to 10 men for a long period.

Melbourne fans may point to an FFA Cup hangover, after they lifted the knockout trophy on Saturday, but they were also fresher than their opponents, with an extra day ahead of the match.

It was a composed and confident performance from the Phoenix and showed what is possible when they have most of their big guns on the park.

They dominated possession (58 per cent) and generally looked more dangerous in the final third.

Goalkeeper Oli Sail was a standout, while new English import Scott Wootton made his first start and was a vocal presence, marshalling the back four well alongside Josh Laws.

David Ball was dominant up front – with some classy touches - while Piscopo and Gael Sandoval found space in central areas, with the Mexican in particular making the most of a roving commission. Fullbacks Sam Sutton and Tim Payne got forward well on the flanks

After being bottom of the table heading into last weekend, the Phoenix are now seventh and have a great platform to build on.

Like all Tony Popovic-coached teams, the Victory are built on a defensive platform and their ability to reset immediately in transition made them tough to break down.

The first half was a frenetic affair. There was an impressive tempo, with the Phoenix exhibiting some of their best work in possession this season.

The home side dodged a bullet in the 24th minute, with Sail making a strong block of a Chris Ikonomidis effort, with the rebound spinning away from danger.

Ball exhibited some silky skills to get clear – before a late block – and the English striker also went close with a near post flick from a corner.

Between them the sides managed seventeen shots in the first half, though most from long range, with only one each on target.

Sail denied Gbenga Folami with a superb save just after the hour, with All White Marco Rojas coming on soon afterwards for his 100th match in navy blue.

Rojas should have scored in the 69th minute, but he directed his shot just wide of the post, after exhibiting wonderful technique to gather in a Jason Davidson cross.

The deadlock was finally broken in the 74th minute, after some excellent work from Ball. The 32-year-old swooped on an errant pass from Davidson, drew two defenders before laying off to Piscopo, who swept home with aplomb from 12 yards.

Just like in the FFA Cup semifinal, the Victory brought some heavy artillery off the bench but couldn't make an impression, with Wellington defending their lead expertly to clinch a vital win.

Wellington Phoenix 1 (Reno Piscopo 74')
Melbourne Victory 0

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Tuesday, February 08 2022
West Ham player Kurt Zouma condemned for kicking cat

West Ham defender Kurt Zouma has apologised for hitting a cat and the club has condemned him for the abuse caught on video.

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Monday, February 07 2022
Rebekah Stott returns to Football Ferns after cancer fight

Less than 12 months after being diagnosed with stage three Hodgkin's lymphoma – a form of blood cancer – veteran Football Ferns defender Rebekah Stott has earned a recall for New Zealand's upcoming internationals against Iceland, USA and the Czech Republic.

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Sunday, February 06 2022
Fan banned for life after storming field, punching Nottingham Forest's Keinan Davis

The English Football Association is set to launch an investigation after a Leicester supporter punched a Nottingham Forest player in Monday's FA Cup fourth-round tie.

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Sunday, February 06 2022
It's the most chances I've had' - Wellington Phoenix striker Jaushua Sotirio admits massive relief

Wellington Phoenix forward Jaushua Sotirio admits his self belief was tested to the limit during Sunday's 3-1 win over Macarthur, in what was a bizarre match for the Australian striker.

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Tuesday, February 01 2022
All Whites game against Uzbekistan called off after Covid outbreak in Kiwi camp

A Covid outbreak among the All Whites has led to the cancellation of their game against Uzbekistan in Dubai scheduled for early Wednesday morning.

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